We will gather together at 9:30 at Starbucks on Panama Lane to carpool to Windwolves Preserve which is located about a half an hour southwest of Bakersfield along highway 166 headed towards Maricopa. Windwolves is the largest private Wildlife Conservancy on the West Coast and home to over 200 Tule Elk and numerous other animals including coyotes, mountain lions, deer, and bears. I seriously doubt we will see any Elk because they roam at the higher elevations of the park and no need to worry about bears and mountains lions because they generally don't stroll down near the trail where will be hiking.
The mouth of San Emigdo Canyon
Once we get to Windwolves we will hike up the San Emigdio Canyon trail to the Twin Fawns Picnic area which is approximately one mile...and...it's an easy walk. From here we can hike further if the group if up for a bit more of a distance or hike up to Raven's Landing which will give us a great view of the canyon. The San Emigdo Canyon was the trail used by early settlers prior to the 1850's who were traveling from San Francisco to Los Angeles.
Wildflowers at Windwolves
Once we have hiked and explored the canyon we can come back to eat lunch at the picnic area. After lunch we can check out the wildflower exhibit "if" the wildflowers are in bloom. For those who are up for a bit more of a workout I am willing to lead a hike up to the top of a ridge to get a perspective looking down into the canyon.
San Emigdo Canyon in Spring